A new batch of three electric police motorcycles were approved Monday by the Ceres City Council thanks to a $60,000 grant through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
The Ceres Police Department has been using electric cycles for their traffic officers since 2014 but they have experienced miscellaneous mechanical problems. Some of the issues have been fixed while one cannot be repaired without it costing more than a new motorcycle. The original three were funded by the district’s Public Benefit Program Alternative Fuel Component Grant.
The new motorcycles will be paid for by a $60,000 New Alternative Fuel Vehicle grant. The remaining $2,250 cost will be covered by three rebates funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
The new vehicles are manufactured by Zero Motorcycles of Scotts Valley. Fully equipped they are $19,995 per copy. A trade-in value of $3,468 per bike will cover the additional customized equipment added for police work.
The company website said the motorcycles can travel 176 miles on a charge and get up to 102 mph.